The Charleston Gazette-Mail is devoted to the cover of high school athletics. We have Derek Taylor, who is the assistant sports editor and is coordinates our preps coverage. We have veteran sportswriter Rick Ryan, who has nearly four decades in the business, and Ryan Pritt as our preps reporters. We also have Tom Bragg, who is in his third year overseeing our prep football website, WVHuddle.com. If you haven’t checked it out, head there now and bookmark it. You’ll not only find coverage of high school football, but rosters, statistics, schedules, standings and more.
In fact, if you click on each team’s roster, go ahead and select a player. You’ll dive into a player bio that includes jersey number, class, height, weight, position and player photo (we call them headshots). It’s neat feature. As a bonus, scroll down to the bottom of the profile and you’ll find all the recent stories that player has been mentioned in. Check it out.
Another aspect of our football coverage that has been elevated this year is the Gazette-Mail Prep Football Podcast. In recent years, this has been an audio-only file. It came in handy, especially when yours truly was headed up I-79 or down I-64 to cover college football and I needed some road trip company. Well, this year we’ve added a video component to the podcast (see below), which means the 30-ish minute show is uploaded to YouTube and available for you to listen to OR watch at your leisure.
This week we added another wrinkle: Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille, located in downtown Charleston at 218 Capitol Street, welcomed us into their restaurant to record the show. This will be a regular occurrence, and we’ll be at Adelphia every Wednesday afternoon (2-ish) to record the audio. If you’re in the area, stop down and grab a free WVHuddle.com T-shirt or football (and, of course, some of Adelphia’s delicious fare).
Until then, hit play on the video below and hear about this week’s biggest storylines around the state on the eve of Week 4 of Friday night football.